Strikes In The Thames Valley 30th November
28 November 2011, 05:00
More than half of schools in the Thames Valley schools are closed or partially closed as teachers across the UK go on strike.
On Wednesday 30th November, up to 2-million public sector workers -including teachers, dinner ladies and bus drivers - are striking against government plans to change their pensions.
Thousands of people are expected at marches across the Thames Valley. Major rallies are taking place in Oxford and Reading centres, with smaller protests planned for Aylesbury, Banbury and Basingstoke.
More than half of schools in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire are closed or partially closed with councils updating their the information on their web pages.
Click on your area below to find the latest information on your child's school:
Most Council's aren't expecting any major disruption to services like libraries or bin collections.
Although Oxfordshire County Council have advised us that the following libraries will also be closed:
Abingdon, Banbury, Berinsfield, Cowley (5 - 7pm), Kennington, North Mobile Library.
Aylesbury Vale District Council have told use they're recycling and rubbish collections may be disrupted by the action.
• Refuse (green bins/black sacks): no collections, except for households with brown bins in Buckingham.
• Recycling (plastics, paper, cans): should be collected as usual.
• Glass recycling: most properties will receive a collection.
Refuse will be collected on the next scheduled collection date.
The Thames Valley's emergency services say they should be running as normal today - because they have plans in place if their civilian staff strike.
Thames Valley Police have told Heart some of their civilian staff will be joining protests - in the event of a major incident it's been agreed that they will come back to work if they're needed.
They're also expecting pickets outside at their bases in Reading, Oxford, Aylesbury, Banbury, Abingdon, Headquarters in Kiddlington and Sulhamstead.
Plane arrivals and take-offs at Heathrow Airport were largely unaffected by the strike.
There were just a few cancellations of inbound transatlantic flights this morning.